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Oxford Street Consultation Reveals Strong Opposition from Residents and Businesses

If you read the Evening Standard, the first consultation on the idea of transforming Oxford Street showed "62% of residents and businesses said they support turning Oxford Street into a car-free zone" - NOT TRUE.

If you read the TfL/Westminster press release, 62% of "online respondents" supported the idea or gave some support, but with concerns - TRUE BUT:-
Look beneath the headlines and those respondents came from all over the country. The actual figures for local residents were 66% opposing or having concerns over the proposal, whilst 60% of businesses were totally opposed with a further 16% having concerns. An article by Linus Rees in Fitzrovia News gives a full breakdown of the results: 

The full consultation report can be read here

The first consultation sought comments on a vague concept of "transforming" Oxford Street, with no actual scheme. Hot on its heels comes a second consultation to be launched on Monday 6 November. This was intended to propose a fully thought-out design. TfL said it “was clear that any scheme must address a range of transport, accessibility and congestion concerns raised by locals and others.” We shall see! We believe this project is being rushed through with undue haste and inadequate answers to the potential impact on residential areas. Responses to the second consultation will be vital to the future of Marylebone and our neighbours. We will issue a special newsletter next week when we have seen the published consultation.

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